I Am Hatzegopteryx

Arbordale. (I Am Prehistoric). Nov. 2021. 32p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781643518213.
K-Gr 2–The second book in the “I Am Prehistoric” series has all the high action appeal that beginning readers who are enthralled by dinosaurs will love. This book shares information about the pterosaur Hatzegopteryx. Appearance, diet, and other basic scientific facts about this fascinating creature are presented in a format suitable for younger readers. Fierce dinosaur action with vivid illustrations that leap off the page will transport kids to prehistoric times. What makes this a strong title is that it is also pitch-perfect for emerging readers. Though sentences are all three words long, they feature unusual but highly effective verbs not often seen in this format. For example, when Hatzegopteryx captures another dinosaur for a meal, the sentences that accompany the open-mouthed, ready-to-dine creature are, “ I am Hatzegopteryx. I can gulp.” Back matter provides more information that can make this text very useful for the classroom. Fascinating and informative.
VERDICT A standout addition to the nonfiction section for dinosaurs, and a welcome choice for emergent readers who like dinosaur action.

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